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1 James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord;
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.
10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower.
11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.
12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
15 Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 16 Don't be deceived, my dear brothers.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
18 Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 20 for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.
21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
24 for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
25 But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does.
26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one's religion is useless. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.